11 May 2010
NZ On Air and TVNZ have confirmed funding for three ambitious 90' historical dramatised documentaries. NZ On Air's funding is from the new Platinum Fund, reserved for high quality programming.
In August last year a competitive tender sought applications for projects which were distinctive, challenging and which would relate a story from our past. In December five projects were selected for development.
Three projects with strong production teams have now been confirmed:
Ice Captain; the story of Frank Worsley, the captain on Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition. Written and directed by Leanne Pooley, produced by James Heyward for Making Movies Ltd. $712,500
The Golden Hour; underdogs Murray Halberg & Peter Snell both gain gold medal wins at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. Directed by Justin Pemberton, written and produced by Steven O'Meagher for Desert Road Productions. $712,417
Cancer Man: The Sir John Scott Story; the unmasking of medical fraudster Milan Brych. Written by Graeme Tetley, directed by Robin Shingleton and produced by Rob Harley for Project Melting Pot. $710,842
One further project will be supported in due course once development is successfully completed.